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We need a correction on the Overview.
The 1970’s blaxploitation revival of the Capitol was actually at the Skydome/Harlem on 14th street, and not here.
I just met his stepson last Christmas here in NYC where he is an actor. I will ask him the next time I see him.
I imagine the Tivoli turned to spanish films in the early 1960’s, after the Cuban revolution. Before that the neighborhood was mostly Jewish retirees watching subrun double features.
Guarina, you remember LA NOVIA? Nobody else seems to.
It seems to have escaped history and it was one of my late mother’s favorite films.
I can still remember Antonio Prieto singing “Blanca y radiate va la novia…” as he walked down the aisle of the church as his heart sick love married her doctor, and not him.
“Le sigue atras su novio amante”.
After DEEP THROAT opened in 1972 the market changed drastically for art houses and direction the theatre operator took was more distinct between those who programmed European art films and those who programmed sexploitation or hard core and advertised it as art product.
Bigjoe, the SOBO only operated in 1971 and I believe some of the shows were live/film combo nude performance art pieces that would not be considered porn today.
The 55th St Playhouse descent into hard core porn was gradual but there was no closing period. After “THE BOYS IN THE SAND” there was a fine line between gay art films and gay sex films.
The Sunny Isles and Dadeland opened before the Twin Gables.
It was probably a Royal Castle next to the Paramount, plantladie12.
The Olympia was never a twin. There were no twins downtown.
Guarina, it opened in 1969 and is now a Winn Dixie location.
Guarina, if you know the Rio you have so much more to share about Miami Cinemas. Please do share more details of your wonderful Miami movie experiences. We so want to know.
On March 17 THE SIGNING NUN moved in.
FatMan, if you read previous posts you will find your answer.
Not coincidental to the success of “The Valley of Decision”, Germany surrendered that week and audiences were optimistic and wanting to see the news.
I assume they started as soft core and moved into hard core after DEEP THROAT raised (ahum) the bar.
By mid 1973 both the Carnegie Hall Cinema and the Bleecker St. (same owners) were showing “adult male films” grind.
This was indeed a porn house, gay and straight, for several years in the seventies.
I would love to think that stupid comic book movies just don’t work on the upper west side, but deep inside I know it’s probably not true.
Although a few ArcLights would be nice, Manhattan is hardly underscreened. With 223 screens serving an audience that increasingly goes to see the same movie, even the Empire 25 is often showing less than ten films with some of the alternative films playing to empty seats.
Good point, techman707.
Why would anyone design a purpose built theatre (except a nickelodeon) before 1915 for a product that was quite an insignificant afterthought until THE BIRTH OF A NATION made its appearance in 1915?.
I think this building was a recording studio until it was demolished just last year.
Cablevision has been peddling the Clearview chain for over seven years.
There were also many stage venues designed for occasional game hunt shows, war footage and/or educational presentations, including film, that we wouldn’t consider cinemas even today. Since full length pictures did not become common until 1914-1915 it would seem the genuine “built for pictures” theatres came after that.
For example, I can’t find records that the Apollo 42nd street showed any film at all from 1914 to 1920. After that it had an occasional run between stage shows for over 15 years amounting to less than six films.
On a side note, I found an article on that skating rink having been raided by the police for holding an illegal dance marathon during the depression. They Shoot Horses, Don’t They?
Ed, I found several NY Times articles placing it at 560 W. 181st Street.
That is exactly what I meant.